Folk

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS & LIFE -

Other singer-song­writ­ers, ac­claimed and ob­scure alike, in­clude Dan Bern, David Francey, Hayes Carll, Ja­son Col­lett, Martin Sex­ton, Rose Cousins, Ser­ena Ry­der, the Avett Brothers, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Flat­landers (Jim­mie Dale Gil­more, Joe Ely and Butch Han­cock), White­horse and Xavier Rudd.

Blues, funk and soul fans will get their fix courtesy of Dr. John & The Nite Trip­pers, Ken White­ley & The Levy Sis­ters and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Man­i­toba artists will be rep­re­sented by Del Bar­ber, Oh My Dar­ling, Madam Diva, Seanster and the Mon­sters, the Mag­nif­i­cent 7s, and the JD Ed­wards Band.

Then there are the artists who grew up mu­si­cally at the fes­ti­val, such as Rudd and Ry­der.

“They started when they were smaller, un­known acts and they’ve grown in to head­lin­ers,” Frayer says. “That’s one thing we pride our­selves on; we de­velop our own head­lin­ers within our own fes­ti­val cul­ture.”

The 2013 lineup is about 95 per cent com­plete, he says. And as much as it’s a ret­ro­spec­tive of where the fes­ti­val has been, it also re­flects the on­go­ing mis­sion to bring lots of new artists through the door.

Many of them are young mu­si­cians armed with gui­tars, ban­jos, man­dolins and an old-time sound.

“A lot of folk mu­sic is def­i­nitely hav­ing a re­vival,” Frayer says. Frank Fair­field, for ex­am­ple, hails from Los An­ge­les and is in his late 20s but plays old-fash­ioned “hill­billy” mu­sic and wears tweeds and grandpa shirts and uses hair oil.

For the Win­nipeg Folk Fes­ti­val’s full 2013 lineup, go to www.win­nipeg­folk­fest.ca

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